Miss Andretti is widely regarded as the best sprinter on the planet. She leads the Global Sprint Challenge, is now in Hong Kong readying herself for the $2.5-million Cathay Pacific International Sprint (HK-I), and on Nov. 26 in Australia she was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year.
Miss Andretti (Ihtiram--Peggie’s Bid, by Marooned), the winner of Aus$2,836,991 in stakes thus far, joined Sunline, Lonhro, Makybe Diva, Octagonal, and Phar Lap as the best in Australia during an awards ceremony at Royal Randwick in Sydney. No one was interested in buying her when she was put on the market as a 3-year-old with a few victories in sprints in her native Western Australia.
In recent starts this year, the Lee Freedman-trained 6-year-old mare captured the $500,000 weight-for-age group I The Age Classic at six furlongs at Flemington at her last start. That followed a trip to England, where she smashed the course record by an amazing 2.35 seconds in winning the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II) at five furlongs at Royal Ascot in June.
Overall, Miss Andretti has 19 wins to her credit, including this year’s group I Coolmore Lightning Stakes at five furlongs at Moonee Valley in course-record time; the group I Australia Stakes at six furlongs at Moonee Valley; and the group I Newmarket Handicap at six furlongs at Caulfield in course-record time. Miss Andretti won separate awards as William Inglis & Son Champion Sprinter and the Sky Channel Most Popular Racehorse.
The Dec. 9 International Sprint at six furlongs on the turf is the last leg of the 2007 Global Sprint Challenge. Australian-bred sprinters have won the past eight editions of the race.